Electronics

Microelectronics extends… who knows where

I attended a two-day symposium at Arizona State University this past September, where technologists came together to discuss trends in microelectronic packaging. It was specifically geared toward medical electronics, but the presentations spanned a wide range of applications. Most people don’t know or care how their iPhone manages to pack so much functionality into such a small volume, nor how a thousand songs can emanate from a bauble that weighs less than their keychain, but each of these now commonplace items is made possible by two key trends: The continued pace of shrinking microelectronics (Moore’s Law) The ability to pack those tiny transistors into smaller and smaller volumes (More than Moore) A couple of highlights of the event for me: A company (mc10) that is taking regular computer chips, making them so thin that the silicon material from which they’re made is as flexible as paper, and then mounting them…